WaterBrick’s are already being distributed in Haiti with help from Dow Chemical, the Red Cross, Global Giving and nearly 400 donors like you. Dow Chemical announced their support of WaterBrick in Haiti when they issued a press release on April 8th and their Chairman and CEO, Andrew Liveris, stated, “We are very proud to be working with WaterBrick International to help bring much needed relief to the Haitian people … And because WaterBricks can be repurposed, these materials will generate zero waste, which is in line with our sustainability commitments." For the full press release, go to www.dow.com and site search WaterBrick. To date, Dow Chemical has donated 610,000 pounds of plastic resin to be used for WaterBrick containers to help Haiti relief efforts.
How is the WaterBrick container helping in Haiti? Made of rugged, high density polyethylene with an easy grip comfort handle, it can hold 3.5 Gallons of Liquid or up to 27 Pounds (264 Meals) of Dry Food. These unique dry storage containers, unlike any other, add value by cross stacking up to 7 feet for maximum efficient storage or can be used as a building block for transitional basic shelter. It has a wide lid opening that easily allows an average adult to pull stored contents out of the container. It stores water, food or anything you want to keep dry or store efficiently. Also, it has an ultra violet additive so it is non-biodegradable and therefore can be repurposed for 15 years by the people in Haiti; thus having long term benefits. We have included a picture of the WaterBrick stacking so that you can see firsthand how efficiently it can store water and food in Haiti.
Going forward, WaterBrick is committed to a longer term strategy in Haiti based on forming new corporate sponsorships, like with Dow Chemical, working with larger humanitarian agencies and increasing our grass roots donations; all through our relationship with Global Giving.
Our next report will include pictures of WaterBricks being used in Haiti for water and food storage.
I traveled to Haiti on February 9th to meet with Rotary 4060 in Santo Domingo of the Dominican Republic. This was Rotary 4060’s Disaster Relief Committee meeting to plan, schedule, allocate donated funds, map and plan truck convoys to Port-au-Prince (PAP) and, to introduce WaterBrick to its members. It was decided that WaterBrick would be warehoused and distributed from 4060’s UN Cargo location in PAP. In PAP, I was introduced to and met with Dr. Claude Surena, President of Haiti’s Medical Association, to discuss their need for WaterBrick and how distribution would be implemented. Dr. Surena said they needed a minimum of 400,000 WaterBricks which would be 2 per their 200,000 tents requested from the United Nations that would arrive soon. Dr. Surena stated that water and food storage containers were necessary to establish sustainability for the homeless but that 750,000 was really needed to make a real difference. The first container load of WaterBricks is now on its way to Port-au-Prince in Haiti with additional manufacturing underway for many future loads to be delivered.
Also, we delivered food, medications and WaterBricks to the Good Samaritan Hospital and two orphanages in PAP. We then made commitments to return with additional WaterBricks and food on our next trip in early March. After our forty-hour convoy to deliver these much needed supplies and, without sleep, we returned back to Santo Domingo and I flew home on February 16th with a much better understanding about the needs of Haiti and its many homeless families. We need to continue our efforts with greater commitment and understanding that this is only the beginning of the worst; yet to come.
A new truck load of nearly 4,500 WaterBricks are ready to ship, bound for Haiti. These contain 15,300 gallons of water that will be distributed to their two make-shift hospitals. They will be used for their patients and also in their orphanages. Thank you for your support of this project so far! We will continue to update you on progress as this project continues and will send photos soon.
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